Screwed up in Minnesota

Posted by: ST on March 31, 2009 at 9:19 pm

Looks like it’s just about over for Norm Coleman:

In a potentially decisive ruling, a panel of three judges today ordered up to 400 new absentee ballots opened and counted, far fewer than Republican Norm Coleman had sought in his effort to overcome a lead held by DFLer Al Franken.

The ballots appear to include some that Franken had identified as wrongly rejected as well as ballots that Coleman wanted opened in his quest to overcome a 225-vote lead that Franken gained after a recount.

About half come from Hennepin, Ramsey and St. Louis counties, places Franken won by significant margins, though many of those are from suburban precincts that the Republican carried in November.

“We are very pleased,” said Franken lead lawyer Marc Elias shortly after the ruling.

Coleman legal spokesman Ben Ginsberg all but conceded that the Republican lost the seven-week trial and was prepared to appeal to the Minnesota Supreme Court.

“It is pretty much of a longshot with that few ballots being put in play,” Ginsberg said, comparing the Republican’s odds of winning the trial to someone betting on the winning team in the NCAA basketball tournament. “We are disappointed. But we feel the court is wrong and we will appeal.”

The ruling is not a final order and it’s not clear for which candidate the ballots were cast.

Ambinder points out that the appeals process could last 6 weeks.

I think it’s all over but the crying at this point for the Coleman campaign. The deck just continues to be stacked against him.

My mind continues to be blown at how the hell Minnesotans could possibly come even close to electing a jerk like Al Franken, a humorless “comedian” and bullying pundit who doesn’t deserve to step one toe into the esteemed halls of the US Senate. What the hell is wrong with people? Coleman certainly wasn’t a dreamboat Senator, but I can’t believe anyone outside of the most diehards of Democrats would prefer Franken over Coleman.

Then again, that assumes the people who voted for Franken knew exactly what kind of person he was when they went into the voting booth last November. Sadly, as with what we saw over how mislead and clueless so many people were over Obama to the point of voting for him in November, I suspect the case is true with what happened in MN. Ideally, we’d all like to believe that everyone who goes to vote has done their homework on who/what they are voting for/on. Unfortunately, all too often that is not the case.

Tonight, as I did the night of the presidential election, I weep for our republic.

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9 Responses to “Screwed up in Minnesota”


  1. Severian says:

    Sadly, as much as I despise Franken, after watching the events of the last 6 months I believe that when he steps foot into the Senate the IQ, class, and honesty of that august body will actually go up. :(

  2. NC Cop says:

    Minnesota, much like Pennsylvania, deserves everything it gets.

  3. Carlos says:

    “…esteemed halls of the U.S. Senate.”

    Since they have an unconvicted murderer, a former Klan official, and a plagerist (not to mention a number of other unconvicted criminals, liars and ne’er-do-wells), what make the place “esteemed” now? It lost that designation long ago, although the autocrats that run it are desperately trying to keep the curtain closed so no one can see the dorks at the controls in Oz.

  4. Mwalimu Daudi says:

    Coleman is the archtype RINO – endlessly sucking up to the government-backed media, clueless about economics, and lost forever in the fog of “bipartisanship”. He won in November but got caught flat-footed when MoveOn and ACORN started to work their voodoo voting.

    The Zimbabwe-ification of America gathers steam.

  5. Mwalimu Daudi says:

    On a related topic (GOP stupidity):

    Republicans Disinvite Palin to Major Fundraiser.

    The “big tent” Republicans strike again!

  6. ChenZhen says:

    What the hell is wrong with people?

    I asked myself the same thing when Bachmann got reelected.

  7. Carlos says:

    Coleman is obviously not the only clueless RINO. The Republicans ran one for president last year because the idiots who run the party thought that, since McCan’t was a darling of the MSM they would be fair to him in that election.

    And we conservatives think the left is full of stupid people (including Franken, who was smart enough to know he had the press going in.)

  8. Tom TB says:

    We all know good people that are otherwise productive citizens, but just “don’t vote, because all it takes is one person to cancel out mine, and I’ll be called for jury duty…” These same folks are the quickest to complain, and I patiently try to make them see that like the lottery slogan “If you’re not in it, you can’t win it!” that applies to our way of life as well.

  9. Severian says:

    Many states are starting to draw jury duty rosters from the drivers licenses rather than voter registration lists, probably for just this reason Tom.